Sunbelt Rentals adds safety and communications business to portfolio

SUNBELT Rentals has introduced a new safety and communications business to provide equipment such as confined space access systems, breathing apparatus, gas detection devices and radio communication products.

The team has been busy building over 70 Covid-19 drive-through testing centres across the UK.

Director of safety and communications, Gary Ridsdale will lead the team with support from Mike Hogan as operations director. The division will initially operate from four technical hubs in Glasgow, London, Manchester, and Burton, with further locations planned to open over the next six months.

Sunbelt Rentals revealed it will offer a ‘guaranteed next day delivery’ service and customers will be able to rent or buy equipment from suppliers such as Abtech, Dräger, Globestock, Minicam, Motorola, MSA, Motorola, DBD, Radiodetection and 3M Scott. The hubs will also offer a repair and servicing facility for customers’ own personal equipment.

Safety and communications will provide rental equipment, on-site technicians, and training courses. These include; working at height, confined space and cable avoidance. Specialist services such as face fit testing, drug and alcohol testing, and a range of industrial shutdown support products and services are also available.

Gary Ridsdale said, “It’s an exciting time to have joined Sunbelt Rentals following their rebrand from A-Plant. I’m really looking forward to leading the safety and communications team, who are undeniably experts in their field, with years of experience and knowledge to offer our customers. Working with our colleagues across the business we have supported the Department of Health to build Covid-19 test centres in the UK. This has been an enormous team effort and demonstrates a real confidence in our team’s ability to deliver the best service possible, at such a critical time.

The business has been operational now for a few months and is growing from strength to strength. We have a clear plan for how we will develop the business over the next 12 months, opening additional locations, in order to provide greater service coverage across the UK, for all of our customers.”

Andy Wright, CEO for Sunbelt Rentals added, “The launch of safety and communications is part of our ongoing business development strategy, to continue to add complementary specialist rental products and services to our existing, market offering. We continue to make significant investments in our operations and people, as we aim to deliver a world class rental experience to all of our customers.”